Delicious Hot Cocoa Mix


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There’s no better way to combat chilly weather than a cup of hot cocoa. If your kids are like mine, you go through a lot of it during the fall and winter months.

hot cocoa mix

Regardless if my kids are cold from playing outside, or from attending to farm chores, they enjoy a cup of hot cocoa. Although I like the convenience of a pre-packaged mix, I prefer to know all the ingredients my kids consume. I’ve come up with my own delicious hot cocoa mix.

The recipe is simple to make. In a large bowl combine powdered milk, powdered sugar, dark cocoa, and cornstarch. It’s important to mix slowly by hand to incorporate the ingredients without causing the powders to fly out. I have found stirring with a wire whisk to be the most effective. Store the mixture in an airtight container.

hot cocoa mix

To make a serving, put 3 tablespoons of the mixture into a standard-sized mug. Add hot water and stir. Top with marshmallows as desired.

With temperatures suddenly dropping in our area, I have made a double batch of this mix. I’ve stored most of it in a larger airtight container in my pantry and left a smaller container easily accessible to my kids. A kettle of water is often warming on my stove.

Hot Cocoa may not be sugar-free, but in moderation, it’s a wonderful cold-weather treat for my kids. This recipe is so delicious, I occasionally enjoy a cup with them.

hot cocoa mix

Hot Cocoa Mix

Teresa Brouillette
Make ahead hot cocoa mix


  • 5 cups powdered milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups unsweetened powdered dark cocoa
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp corn starch
  • hot water
  • marshmellows (optional)


  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, except water and marshmallows.
  • Stir powdered ingredients well to incorporate evenly.
  • Place 3 tablespoons of mixture into a standard-sized mug. Fill with hot water and stir.
  • Top with marshmallows as desired.
  • Adjust mixture amount to taste.



  1. hmm… guessing you could just use regular milk instead of powdered?

    1. I haven’t tried, but I would think you could mix the ingredients minus the powdered milk. You’d have to test the flavor to determine how much to add to the milk. If you try it, let me know how it turns out.

  2. I like this idea! My kids enjoy hot chocolate and I would love to know what is in the recipe rather than just buying a pre-made one. Thank you for sharing this!

  3. Mmmmmmm, I’m saving this for when it gets cooler in the south!

  4. Sounds yummy! We love hot cocoa on cold days.

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